Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ukrainian Internment Monument (Church Street, Emerson, Municipality of Emerson-Franklin)

A monument in a small public park at Emerson, in the Municipality of Emerson-Franklin, was unveiled in September 2022 by the municipal tourism committee and the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation. It commemorates the May 1915 internment of about 200 Ukrainian immigrants who had walked south from Winnipeg in hopes of finding employment in the United States. Deemed “enemy aliens” over concerns about their loyalty during the First World War, they were arrested and taken to an internment camp in Brandon.


Ukrainian Internment Monument (May 2023)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.00598, W97.21535
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

“Enemies Within Our Gates:” Brandon’s Alien Detention Centre During the Great War
Manitoba History, Number 56, October 2007


“Emerson monument marks a dark period in Canadian history,” The Voice, 22 September 2022, page 14.

“New exhibit installed in Emerson park,” Southeast Journal, 6 October 2022, page 1.

This page was prepared by Wayne Arseny and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 May 2023

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